October 21, 2017 Atlanta - Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson instructs Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall (16) in the second half of an NCAA college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Georgia Tech beat Wake Forest 38-24. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Paul Johnson explains why Georgia State couldn’t be scheduled

Georgia Tech and Georgia State had sought to schedule a game for the Yellow Jackets’ open date in October, but couldn’t get the help it needed from a member of the Panthers’ Sun Belt Conference, coach Paul Johnson said Wednesday on the ACC teleconference.

“We thought we had a game with Georgia State here that would have fit the bye game, but it would have required them to move a game, but one of the teams in their league wouldn’t move the game for them,” Johnson said.

Tech was looking for a replacement game after Central Florida canceled its Sept. 16 game with the Yellow Jackets because of Hurricane Irma. Tech’s open date was Oct. 7, when Georgia State was to (and did) play Coastal Carolina. Moving that game likely would have required the cooperation of multiple teams to move games to accommodate Tech and Georgia State.

“I think our administration tried and called several people, but we couldn't find anybody that wanted to play,” Johnson said.

Tech has run into the same issue in trying to find a 12th game to be played Dec. 2, the week after the Georgia game. Johnson said Tuesday that calls have been made to the few FBS teams with availability, but there hasn’t been reciprocal interest.

“There’s a few other options out there and we are pursuing them,” athletic director Todd Stansbury said on his weekly radio appearance on 680 the Fan on Wednesday. “Not sure if anything’s going to happen or not.”

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